Attorney General announces justice of the peace appointments

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Attorney General announces justice of the peace appointments

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO, Dec. 2 - Attorney General Michael Bryant is announcing three justice of the peace appointments for the Region of Peel, which includes Brampton and Mississauga, effective December 7, 2005. "Justices of the peace are playing an increasingly important role in our justice system," said Bryant. "These appointments, made under an interim process which sets new qualification standards, will help improve the administration of justice in Ontario." Justice of the peace Jeannie Anand most recently worked for the City of Mississauga as a prosecutor for offences under provincial and federal statutes and municipal bylaws. For 11 years, she worked at the Ministry of the Attorney General, first as a courtroom clerk and then as a prosecutor. She has also been a commissioner for taking affidavits, and a law clerk. Justice of the peace Michael Frederiksen has 33 years experience as a teacher and administrator at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels of education. He coordinated establishing a new school for young offenders at the Vanier Correctional facility in Brampton, in consultation with the Ministry of Corrections, the Ministry of Education and the Peel Board of Education. For the past eight years, justice of the peace Debra Huston has been the Native Criminal Courtworker for the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, most recently as interim executive director. She has also worked as a legal assistant and law clerk for a Toronto law firm. She was a member of the Aboriginal Issues Committee for Legal Aid Ontario and a member of the Anishnabek Police Service Committee at Nipissing Reserve. Associate Chief Justice/Co-ordinator of Justices of the Peace, Donald A. Ebbs has assigned justices of the peace Anand, Frederiksen and Huston to the Region of Peel, which includes Brampton and Mississauga. These appointments were made through an interim process, the first step in the government's plan to transform the justice of the peace system, to ensure that qualified candidates are selected. Further justice of the peace appointments are expected in the coming months. To date, the Attorney General has appointed 26 justices of the peace. In October 2005, the government introduced the Access to Justice Act that, if passed, would further transform the justice of the peace appointment process in order to make the system more open and transparent, and to permanently establish appointment standards to ensure that qualified candidates are appointed. Disponible en fran├žais www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1785; Brendan Crawley, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210